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AFI returns to the road, ready to play new music

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013

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It's been three years since California hard rockers AFI last played a show. But guitarist Jade Puget says the quartet's just-started North American tour go going with a minimum of preparation.

"It's funny; we never rehearse," says Puget, 39, who also works with AFI frontman Davey Havok in the electronic group Blaqk Audio. "We haven't rehearsed in two years, and the first time we ran through the set it was like we had this weird muscle memory and it all came back; even songs we haven't played in years, you just remember them, so we kind of get right back on the horse.

"It is weird to be on stage again after that long. It's the longest we ever took a break from playing, so it's a little weird. But I'm excited."

AFI is actually on the road in front of "Burials," the group's first new album in four years, which comes out Oct. 22. It's already released a pair of singles -- "17 Crimes" and "I hope You Suffer" -- and Puget says he and his bandmates are happy and even a little surprised to have a new album ready to go.

"We went from really having no plans to make a record to all of a sudden one day Davey called me up and said, 'Let's write some songs,' " Puget recalls. "We just went form zero to 60, and we wrote like every day, basically six days a week, for hours a day. We would get together and write, so it just kind of came out of nowhere, and all of a sudden we were fully committed to writing this record.

"We spent a year writing it. We didn't need to take that long, and we certainly could've started recording earlier, but when we get in that mode where we're so comfortable and feeling so creative we want to just keep going and going and writing. So we have a ton of material and even, I think, half of a new record ready to go when we want."

AFI, Coming and Touche Amore perform Friday, Sept. 13, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $26. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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